My friend Dave took me to Thursday night's Twins/Mariners tilt at Target Field. Here are my thoughts on it.
- I was wondering if Seattle's reputation for bad, non-King Felix pitching was well-earned. Then I watched the first inning. The "J.A." in J.A. Happ stands for "Just Awful." This is my joke. I made it. Please retweet.
- Phil Hughes wasn't sharp, either, but got his sixth consecutive win. His referred to his 5-inning victory as a "five-and-dive," and I like this expression.
- Also from Phil Miller's Twitter feed, Fun with Small Sample Sizes:
Aaron Hicks has been No. 2 hitter in Twins' lineup 3 times in his career: He's 8-for-14 (.571) w/ 2HRs, 4 RBIs. Small sample sizes are fun.— Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) July 31, 2015
- I was there the night that Aaron Hicks was intentionally walked so they could pitch to Joe Mauer. This actually happened, and it made sense:
- The Bro Haircuts of Target Field: Their inability to stand up and sit down at the right time of game action was frankly stunning. American Crew Fiber Pliable Molding Creme must affect situational awareness.
- I've been to enough games at Target Field that I can give my official and authoritative Best Place for a Pre-Game Drink and Nosh to The Depot Tavern. It is wonderful.
- Really thought Eddie Rosario was gonna hit for the cycle.
- If you're wondering where Robinson Cano was last night: abdominal strain. If you are still clinging to Twins-related optimism/'Nant Fever, the very worst the Twins can do this weekend is 3 out of 4, especially with the Tulo & Price-improved Blue Jays looming.
- It was nice to see Glen Perkins work around a leadoff walk to pitch an otherwise stress-free 9th inning. Here is a picture of him and a dude in a red shirt:
We'll be back later today if the Twins make any trade deadline moves at all. Is Bobby Kielty coming back? Twinkie Town is on it.